Amadeus – Director's Cut

In memoriam Miloš Forman

1984, USA-France-Czechoslovakian, Language: English (180’); Screening: 09.09, 15.30, Toldi Cinema, Nagyterem

Who killed Mozart? Although nobody actually killed Mozart, many immediately respond to this question with the name: Salieri. And not because they had read Pushkin’s work or watched Peter Schaffer’s drama, but because they saw the film about the composer by Miloš Forman, one of the most successful Central European filmmakers. That in the first minute of the movie there are no fewer than six false statements about Mozart is actually of no interest whatsoever: the composer’s adolescent laughter remains in the ear like the melody of the Turkish Rondo. Despite the falsehoods, Forman brings us closer to one of the world’s greatest-ever composers. The picture painted of Amadeus is not only broad and fascinating but in the final analysis it is reasonably authentic, too. This is what Mozart might have been like. This is what a genius is.



Directed by: Miloš Forman
Screenplay by: Peter Shaffer
Director of photography: Miroslav Ondrícek
Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole
Genre: biography/drama
Production: AMLF, The Saul Zaentz Company
Format: colour, 2.35:1